Gum disease is a common problem that leads to sensitive teeth, damage to the jaw bone, and tooth loss. When it is caught early enough, it can be treated by cleaning, but advanced cases require surgical correction. Tom and Mark McCawley are periodontists that specialize in correcting problems caused by decay and receding gums in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
What Is Gum Disease?
This disease is a bacterial infection caused by improper dental hygiene. The debris from the food you eat accumulates on your teeth. Overtime, the decayed material seeps below the gum line where it cannot be removed without professional help.
Eventually, the bacteria cause the following symptoms:
• Red, swollen and irritated gums
• Bleeding while brushing or flossing
• Loose teeth
• Bad breath or chronic halitosis
• Foul taste in your mouth
• Receding gum lines
• Sensitive teeth that respond to hot and cold extremes
If left untreated gum disease can cause permanent damage.
Correcting a Receding Gum Line
Older surgical techniques are invasive and painful. Your doctor begins by removing a clean piece of gum tissue from an unaffected section of your mouth, which is then used to rebuild your gums around your teeth. It takes time to heal, and you are left with sutures in your mouth.
The new Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is preferred whenever possible. It is faster, and does not require the deep incisions and sutures that take time to heal. The procedure takes one to two hours and is effective immediately.
The basic procedure is simple:
• The treated area is numbed.
• A pinhole sized opening in the gums is created.
• A specially designed tool is used to lift your gums away from your teeth and move them into position.
• The gums are secured in place with collagen strips to ensure they heal properly.
Instead of unsightly sutures, you will have a repaired gum line the day that the procedure is performed. Most patients report only a minimum of discomfort with this method. Covering the exposed nerves of your teeth reduces their sensitivity to extreme temperatures right away.
To find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, contact our offices at 1-866-898-8251. Schedule your appointment for a consultation today.